Portland Bed Bug Treatments
Adult Bed Bugs are typically flat with on oval shape and are about 3/16 inches long. They vary in color from brown to reddish brown. Bed Bugs have 6 legs and 4 segmented antennae that are close to the same length as the front legs. Nymphs resemble adults but are paler and smaller. Bed Bug eggs are white and roughly 1mm long.
Once thought to have been eliminated from North America, Bed Bug infestations have increased drastically in recent years due to higher levels of world travel. They are excellent “hitch hikers” and are carried into structures by humans.
A female Bed Bug lays 1-5 eggs per day and can lay a total of 200-500 eggs in her lifetime. After a female lays her eggs, the hatching nymphs go through 5 nymphal instars (transition phases) that require a blood meal for each. It takes a Bed Bug 21-120 days to develop into an adult. This all occurs on rough surfaces, generally close to the host i.e. beds, box springs, mattresses, nightstands, etc. Bed Bugs are nocturnal in habit, which means most feeding occurs at night leaving the host with minor to severe irritation at the site of the bite. They are rarely seen moving about during the day.
Common signs of an infestation are: blood stains on bedding, small reddish-brown fecal spots near harborages, egg casings and molt skins and of course active bed bugs. The key to elimination is a thorough inspection and treatment, and conscientious customer cooperation.
- Bag and remove all clothing and bedding from room and wash in hot water and detergent (liquid detergent is best) or send out to be professional dry cleaned.
- Inspect the mattress and box springs. If there are any holes or tears it is advisable to remove these items or obtain bedbug proof mattress and box-spring covers.
- All furniture and closets must be emptied.
- Please vacuum all areas and have them as clear of clutter as possible to facilitate inspection and treatment.
- All cleaned personal possessions should be double bagged and stored in the treatment area. Items that are to be disposed of prior to treatment should be bagged and removed from the premises immediately.
Bed Bugs can be extremely difficult to eliminate. While our program is successful in the majority of cases, sever infestations, especially in multiple dwelling units can take longer. Box Elder Bugs found on the outside walls of the home should fall dead upon contact. We use a power spray that also removes the bug’s pheromone scent, making the house less attractive to new arrivals. More bugs may land on the house, but as the residue in the product continues to work, there should be fewer bugs than found prior to treatment.